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Hilarious! I always referred to Easter as "Zombie Jesus Day" but this is even better!
Hmmm, not one of your funnier strips.
I say that without religious bias, as I "am not now nor have I ever been" a Christian. I mention this because I can imagine some humor impaired Christians taking offense. Let them speak for themselves, though. I may be doing people an injustice.
This one just falls a bit flat. I usually post positive comments, so hopefully you won't mind the occasional negative one.
"I'm all puffed up with faint pride" <-- best line ever!
As good an explanation as any.
The real meaning of Easter was captured well by Eddie Izzard: It's a pagan festival to celebrate the spring solstice. The eggs represent fertility, the rabbits represent shagging.
I don't think they were eating rabbit at the Last Supper as it was a seder. Rabbit is treyf.
Still, the details are unimportant......
MP, gotta disagree - Christian here (Baptist to boot), and I found it hilarious.
I loved this one. Faint pride was definitely the best line.
Well... As a "Christian" thank you for acknowledging Easter without derision. Ignorance maybe, but not derision. Enjoy symbolizing the resurrection.
I "am now and will always be" a Christian...I thought the strip was funny. Easter has a lot of meaning for me...doesn't mean there's no room for laughter though...:-).
MP is a tool. I'm a Christian and I thought this one was hilarious! (S)he probably finds it less funny BECAUSE (s)he's not a Christian, and so doesn't really get how we view the holiday.
I'm both a Christian and a professor of biblical studies (the two don't always go together, but they do in my case), and I found this one hilarious. I don't think too many Christians will be offended (in response to MP above) - in fact, I'll probably display this one in my classes next week.
Why Easter baskets? Maybe because so many of his followers started as basket cases? Best I can think of so far.
I doubt many Christians would be offended by this. It's basically some guy coming up with insane explanations of how the non-biblical commercial element of Easter can be explained in reference to the life of Jesus, when clearly it cannot be.
Zombie Jesus craved Eggs.
lol, too funny! And wow, some folks on here have no sense of humor.
I'm a Christian, too, and I also found this funny. A lot of the Easter stuff (eggs, rabbits) were probably from a pagan celebration. I remember reading that some Christiian holidays were merged to include stuff from pagan holidays around the same time, probably in an effort for everyone to get along (or at least not kill each other too much).
I get a little tired sometmies hearing from people like MP who think all Christians have no sense of humor. There's a lot of Christians out there, and that means a lot of people with a lot of individual characteristics.
Unfortunatly, he doesn't mention anything about the origins of 'Peeps'...
Rainbow-hued as they may have been, they were probably all Asian, no?
I'm a Christian, too, and while it didn't make me LOL like some of your strips, definitely got a smile. :) I agree; "I'm all puffed up with faint pride!" is the best line of the strip :D
Another Christian here who found it hilarious!
Also, totally recognise the pagan symbolism (had to hold back my answer when the Rev. asked us "why do we have eggs at Easter?" in service this morning!) - I sort of get why the Church did it way back in the beginning, but really...!
Finally, as others have said, "faint pride" - best line EVER! (In fact, it should probably go on a t-shirt)
...ISHTA...uh, I mean EASTER...toss another infant on the fire!
Thank their god, the christians aren't offended. Who knew there were so many here?
the Middle East is usually considered part of Asia from a physical geography standpoint, so all the Apostles were probably Asian, technically. but enough splitting hares - pass the Cadbury eggs!
Sucks to be MP. Trying to be the savior and protect Christians, and only to be semi-bashed by almost every one of them and proven wrong as well.
I can't say I'm Christian. But this is as understandable as any other explanation I've received thus far. Hehe.
I'm an atheist and I got a kick out of these comments. Especially since I can see the pixels, and I have seen a number of numbnuts in my time.
Jesus was jewish. He wouldn't be eating rabbits during passover! That would be cool having the Easter Lamb hiding all our eggs. Chocolate lamb mmmmm.
I'm a Pagan and I didn't find this very funny. I'm not offended or anything like that. It just doesn't make me laugh. From the comments it appears that the Christians are more likely to find this funny. Which is interesting.
"I'm all puffed up with faint pride" is the best line in the strip.
I believe it was because at eastern one can't eat meat or animal products for a week but the darn chickens keep laying eggs. That's why they boiled them and the final day they hid them to let the children search for them.
This may all be rubbish though.
Just want to clarify that some people here totally missed the point of my previous post. I figured that if just said the strip wasn't funny, it might sound like I was a Christian nut who was offended. So I mentioned that I was not a Christian to show that this was not the case. Also acknowledged that some Christians might actually find it offensive, but am glad to hear from those who don't.
Can't make it much simpler than that. Love your strip in general Scott. It's good that the fanboys will jump to defend you from any perceived slight.
yet another Christian who found the strip quite humorous. Realistic attempts to combine the secular traditions around the holiday (well, I say secular, but they often have pagan roots) and combine them with the Christian holiday are stupid. This made me smile.
Jesus is back!Hide the eggs!
Sorry Scott, but not your best work.
[quote] I always referred to Easter as "Zombie Jesus Day" [/quote]
Haha me too! I thought I was the only one!
is this the closes we have gotten to seeing missy on the left, and scott 'in the right'?
How dare you insinuate that Scott needs the protection of the fanboys!
(You see what I did there? Eh? EH? ...sigh)
OK. Allow me to show my ingnorance. I don't get why so many folks think "all puffed up with faint pride" is so funny. Please enlighten me....... but be kind.
I think the main reason I didn't find this funny at first is because, while "instructive" it was not exactly instructions. Upon second reading (and after reading all the comments), it is humorous... but not my favorite strip. I think that one's still "How To Wash A Cat". It just doesn't get funnier than that one.Noble effort, though, Scott. Thanks for your explanation of Easter. Could you next explain Kwanzaa?
Does no one out there really know why we have easter eggs, baskets, and bunnies, also Christmas trees, stocking a hanging, stringed popcorn, presents under the tree? They are all from the shamanistic rituals of the Pagans that would eat the mushroom to get closer to God. The mushroom grew out of the roots of an evergree tree(Cristmas tree). They shroom caps would resemble a nest of eggs(easter eggs). When the shrooms had deteriorated away it left a hole in the pine needles that resembled a rabbit hole. (easter bunny).The children were given decorrated baskets to go out and pick the shrooms for the ceremony( easter baskets). The shamans would show the villagers how to hang the shrooms to dry in stocking over the fire place or string them up like popcorn. The shamans would dress in red suits, just like Santa Claus.When Jesus turned muddy water into wine, he brewed shroom tea.Read what the bible said about the food of the gods, Manna, it would quickly rot and decay and turn into worms, just like shrooms.This is all factual, look it up.
I could barely get past the third panel I was laughing so hard. Love your humor.